Narrative Therapy and Post Modern Approaches

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NARRATIVE THERAPY: 1. Focus of narrative Therapy:
 Narrative conversations are interactive and always in collaboration with the people consulting the therapist.

Narrative therapy seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling and community work, which centres people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to change their relationship with problems in their lives. Curiosity and a willingness to ask questions to which we genuinely don't know the answers are important principles of this work. There are many possible directions that any conversation can take (there is no single correct direction). The person consulting the therapist plays a significant part in determining the directions that are taken. It seems appropriate to begin any exploration of narrative therapy with a consideration of what is meant by the `narratives' or `stories' of our lives.

2. THE ROLE OF STORIES
Narrative therapy is sometimes known as involving’re-authoring' or’re-storying' conversations. Stories are central to an understanding. Stories consist of: • events • linked in sequence • across time • according to a plot 3. LISTENING WITH AN OPEN MIND Social Constructionist Theories place an emphasis on listening to clients without judgment or blame, affirming and valuing them. Totalizing language is avoided. NP focuses on the capacity of humans for creative and imaginative thought.
Morgan (2000) summarizes the theoretical foundations of narrative therapy as follows: cooperation of the person with the counsellors is of primary importance. values to change their relationships with their problems. counsellors. “A conversation can move along many different ways and there is nothing called the right way”

way to go along.…...

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